Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing analyses the Northumberland Plate
Saturday 26 June 1999
Raise A Prince: Outclassed in France last time but previously progressive form on soft ground and beat The Fly at Nottingham. Probably unsuited by fast going.
Jaseur: Lightly raced and without a win since 1997 but a real stayer. Back to form when second to San Sebastian at Royal Ascot over two miles and six furlongs.
Travelmate: Beat Rainbow High at Newmarket last September and split Marcus Maximus and The Fly here on reappearance.
Salmon Ladder: Returned to form to beat Jaseur over 14 furlongs at Goodwood. Has never won over two miles.
Rainbow Ways: Rattled up a hat-trick last backend but harder to place now. Seventh to Salmon Ladder at Goodwood last time.
Far Cry: Won Queen's Prize at Kempton and chased home High And Mighty at Royal Ascot.
Benatom: Has not won since 1997 but stayed on well in fourth to High And Mighty at Ascot.
Just In Time: Set a scorching pace and kept on well when third to Blueprint over 12 furlongs at Royal Ascot. Trying a new trip.
Bay Of Islands: A winner at Nottingham two outings ago but better in minor company.
Bakkar: Lightly raced on the Flat but a fair hurdler. Seventh to Rainbow High and Generosity in the Chester Cup last month.
Carlys Quest: Capable of useful form but ran badly last time and has not won beyond 11 furlongs.
Legal Lunch: Ran best race for some time when second at Doncaster recently. This is tougher.
Minivet: Decisive winner from Rainbow Ways at Newmarket in April and two decent 12-furlong efforts since. Tough and genuine and could be suited by new trip.
Dominant Duchess: Never nearer when sixth to High And Mighty at Royal Ascot last week and seems held at the weights.
Dancing Rio: Forced wide and not disgraced behind High And Mighty at Royal Ascot last week. Looks a little outclassed.
Ballet-K: Flat out to score by a short-head at Bath recently and much more to do here.
Nichol Fifty: Clear-cut winner against five others at Kempton but greater competition here.
Jamaican Flight: Hard-working front-runner. Seventh to High And Mighty at Royal Ascot.
Christiansted: Has humped big weights to win in minor company at Ripon and Nottingham and now receiving weight from much better opposition. Improving.
Conclusion: TRAVELMATE has not stopped improving and can gain his most important win.
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